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  • Synagogue attacked, rabbi gets death threats (Wuppertal, Germany)

    07/29/2014 3:31:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 29 Jul 2014 11:17 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    A wave of anti-Semitism in Germany, unleashed by the Gaza crisis, shows no sign of abating. A synagogue was attacked on Tuesday morning, a rabbi received death threats and anti-Jewish comments online have increased. Attacks on mosques have also risen. Attackers threw Molotov cocktails at a synagogue in the western city of Wuppertal in the early hours of Tuesday in an apparent attempt to burn it down. A neighbour alarmed police after spotting flames near the Bergische Synagogue in Gemarker Straße in the eastern district of Barmen at around 2.15 am. Police said they believed three young arsonists had thrown...
  • Islamic State Stages Victory Rally in Europe: The Flag of Jihad Flies Over the Hague

    07/29/2014 9:04:55 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 7/29/14 | Pamela Geller
    "The symbol of the murderous Islamic State is waving in The Hague. ‘Death to the Jews,’ shout the demonstrators. Yet the Dutch government authorized the protests. “Death to the Jews” chanted the crowd waving the black flags of the Islamic State, or ISIS as it used to be known." Proving yet again what I have been saying for months, years --Europe once again is embracing madness and evil as its central unifying characteristic – only this time it’s under “Palestinianism,” not Nazis
  • 'We are looking at the beginnings of a Holocaust'

    07/28/2014 3:32:00 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 60 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 28 July 14 | By SAM SOKOL
    The situation facing European Jewry is “simply intolerable, unacceptable and inexcusable,” Israeli Jewish Congress president Vladimir Sloutsker told MKs and foreign diplomats at a special session of the Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Committee on Monday. Calling the rise in anti-Semitic incidents accompanying Israel’s invasion of Gaza an “SOS situation,” Sloutsker warned that if left unchecked, such behavior could lead to another European genocide. “Never before since the Holocaust, have we seen such a situation as today,” he said, referring to the continent-wide demonstrations by pro-Palestinian activists, a number of which have generated into violence and many of which have...
  • Germany’s students fail to graduate in time

    07/28/2014 10:25:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 28 Jul 2014 14:32 GMT+02:00
    Leaked figures show the average student in Germany still takes around four years to complete a bachelor’s degree, suggesting controversial reforms to higher education have so far failed to cut down the number of Germany’s perpetual students. Reforms to reduce degree times have not yet cut down on numbers of so-called “Dauerstudenten”—eternal students who can take up to six years for their undergraduate degree before embarking on a lengthy master's course. Under the old German system, students were allowed to take semesters off to work, earn cash, travel, do work experience placements or study abroad. This led to lengthy degrees...
  • ‘We Are All Hamas!': Thousands Attend London's Gaza Protest Glorifying Terrorism

    07/27/2014 11:57:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 7/26/2014 | Andre Walker
    It was billed as the biggest protest in London since the Stop the War Coalition marched against the invasion of Iraq. In the end the predictions of one million protesters proved to be fantasy, and some campaigners openly expressed their love for Gaza-based terrorist outfit Hamas.The crowd assembled at an empty Israeli Embassy, as the diplomats do not work on Saturdays, and marched towards an empty Parliament, which is currently on recess. This was the perfect analogy for the hollowness of London's Gaza (or pro-Hamas) protest this weekend.Many of the protesters managed to walk past the heavily guarded Israeli Embassy...
  • Germany tells citizens to get out of Libya

    07/27/2014 10:08:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 27 Jul 2014 19:02 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Germany on Sunday advised all citizens currently in Libya to immediately leave the strife-torn country, following measures taken by countries including Britain and the United States to protect citizens from increasing violence. “The situation is extremely unpredictable and uncertain,” the German foreign ministry said. “German nationals are at increased risk of kidnapping and attacks.” …
  • European Court: Gay Marriage is not a Human Right

    07/25/2014 7:48:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | 7/25/14 | Stefano Gennarini, J.D.
    The highest human rights court in Europe shattered hopes that it would judicially impose same-sex marriage when it told a male to female transsexual and his wife that a civil union should be good enough for them. European human rights law does not require countries to “grant access to marriage to same-sex couples,” according to a judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in a case that tests the remote boundaries of possibility in law and fact. The parties to the litigation and supporters of same-sex marriage acknowledge the result was predictable. Nevertheless the judgment has a devastating effect...
  • 1,000 in Pro-Israel Rally in Helsinki

    07/25/2014 1:03:12 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25 July 2014
    More than 1,000 people took part, Thursday, in a pro-Israel rally in front of the Finnish parliament building in Helsinki.
  • Tenth Lesson of the Gaza War: Obama Doesn’t Want to Disarm Hamas

    07/25/2014 7:38:49 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | July 25, 2014 | Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn
    There is a growing consensus in the United States and around the world that the way to end the Israel-Gaza war is to disarm Hamas. President Obama seems to be the only hold-out. On July 24, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced a resolution calling on the Obama Administration to make the disarming of Hamas a central part of any cease-fire proposal. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a Republican, is spearheading this effort together with Democratic Senators Charles Schumer of New York and Ben Cardin of Maryland. When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed on July 15 to...
  • Bundesbank chief urges Britain not to quit European Union

    07/26/2014 8:11:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jul 23, 2014 3:30pm EDT | Marc Jones
    The head of the Bundesbank appealed to Britain on Wednesday to stay in the European Union, saying membership of the bloc had given the country an economic lift and posed little threat to London. In a speech to business people and bankers in central London, Jens Weidmann broke the central bank’s traditional silence on political questions, saying the European Union would benefit if Britain “continues to make its voice heard”. “The EU is stronger today because of Britain’s contribution to it,” Weidmann said, adding that the country’s trade with EU neighbors had been boosted by more than half because of...
  • NATO to expand Polish base in response to Russian threat

    07/26/2014 7:10:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 25/07/2014 - 08:55
    General Philip Breedlove, NATO’s top commander in Europe, has proposed that the Polish city of Szczecin expand its existing base to help the military alliance respond faster to any threat posed by Russia. According to the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think-tank close to NATO, Britain and other NATO allies backing the general’s plans to place supplies—weapons, ammunition and ration packs—at a new headquarters in eastern Europe, to enable a sudden influx of thousands of NATO troops to be ready for action in the event of a crisis. …
  • German NGO says TTIP will undermine global food security

    07/26/2014 6:46:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 25/07/2014 - 08:05 | Dario Sarmadi
    The planned Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US threatens the concept of sustainable food security, the development NGO Brot für die Welt announced at a presentation of its annual report, in Berlin. Development politicians agree: The key to fighting world hunger is strengthening smallholders in developing and newly industrialized countries. “With the planned TTIP agreement, the EU and US are not only defining rules on trade between each other, but indirectly also respective trade with third states,” said Cornelia Füllkrug-Weitzel, President of Brot für die Welt. The two large trade powers “could intensify pressure...
  • Russia, EU Politicians Denounce Ukraine Parliament's Ouster of Communists

    07/25/2014 1:21:08 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    themoscowtimes.com ^ | July 24, 2014
    Russia's Communist Party and European leftist parliamentary groups have denounced the ousting of the Ukrainian Communist party from the country's parliament as a breach of free speech. Leader of the Russian Communist Party, Gennady Zyuganov, called the ban, set to go into effect on Thursday, the latest attempt to "massacre" the party of his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Symonenko. "Attempts to muzzle them and do away with them are evidence of the cowardice and hideousness of those who are doing this," Zyuganov told state-run Rossiya 24 television channel on Wednesday. Ukrainian parliament voted to oust the party after Symonenko on Wednesday...
  • Ukraine in civil war: Red Cross

    07/24/2014 10:48:10 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 32 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 7-23-2014 | AFP
    The International Committee of the Red Cross said Wednesday that it considered Ukraine to be in a state of civil war, urging both sides to respect the laws of conflict as civilians bear the brunt. The formal classification means participants in the fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in the east could eventually be prosecuted for war crimes in international courts. "Fighting in eastern Ukraine continues to take its toll on civilians, and we urge all sides to comply with international humanitarian law, otherwise known as the law of armed conflict," ICRC director of operations Dominik Stillhart said in...
  • ‘Right to be forgotten’ ruling is backfiring, says Data watchdog (European Union ruling)

    07/24/2014 8:38:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Fri, Jul 25, 2014, 01:00 | Laura Slattery
    Google’s interpretation of the European Court of Justice’s “right to be forgotten” ruling is prejudicing the intention of the court, the State’s data protection watchdog said yesterday, as regulators and search engine giants met in Brussels to discuss the matter. Billy Hawkes, who will shortly retire as Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner, described the ruling as “a very difficult decision by the European Court of Justice”. The ruling, made in May, has effectively exposed Google to criticism both for removing links and for refusing requests for links to be removed. …
  • Eurozone economy dead in the water, with crisis expected to carry on 'a long time'

    07/24/2014 8:13:54 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 22 July 2014 | Jeremy Warner
    It's taken a long time, but the International Monetary Fund finally seems to be talking some sense about the beleaguered deficit economies of the eurozone. In a new analysis of continuing imbalances within the single currency area, it pretty much concludes that the situation is hopeless without the sort of eurozone-wide macro economic policies – monetary as well as fiscal – which are specifically rejected by the high command in Berlin. OK, so it doesn't quite say that, but even so, this will make deeply depressing reading for the struggling economies of Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain.
  • Obama administration: Russia firing artillery at Ukraine military targets

    07/24/2014 1:24:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 24, 2014 | Justin Fishel/AP
    Obama administration officials said Thursday that Russia is firing artillery from its own territory into Ukraine to hit Ukrainian military sites, pointing to escalating Russian involvement in the deadly conflict. “This clearly is a military escalation,” Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said, adding there is no question that Russian military—as opposed to Russia-backed separatists—are firing the shots. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf first made the accusation during a press briefing earlier Thursday. She also claimed Moscow is boosting its military shipments to pro-Russian separatists. …
  • Controversial monument divides Hungarians, angers Jewish community

    07/24/2014 1:44:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 23/07/2014 - 09:03
    Protests in central Budapest remain ongoing since Sunday (20 July), after a controversial monument dedicated to “all the victims” of Hungary’s German occupation was erected during the night of 20 to 21 July, the Hungarian press reports. The plan to set up the monument for the 70th anniversary of Hungary’s Nazi German occupation was announced at the end of last year and was heavily criticized by opposition parties and civil society ever since, contending that it was aimed at distorting the nation’s role in the Holocaust. Critics of the monument—which depicts Hungary as the Archangel Gabriel being attacked by a...
  • European Court: Male civil servants discriminated against in France

    07/24/2014 1:41:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    EurActiv ^ | 24/07/2014 - 08:45 | Cécile Barbière
    The European Court of Justice has pointed the finger at unequal retirement plans between men and women in the French civil service. EurActiv France reports. According to a judgment by the ECJ (17 July), the French retirement system for civil servants is discriminating against men. “French rules on certain pension-related advantages granted to civil servants give rise to indirect discrimination on grounds of sex,” the court decided. […] French law states that if a civil servant has raised at least three children, he or she can benefit from early retirement. It also outlines “service credit advantages” to parents working in...
  • Lufthansa cancels another day of Tel Aviv flights

    07/23/2014 6:54:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 23, 2014 8:29 AM EDT
    Germany’s largest airline, Lufthansa, says it is canceling all flights to Tel Aviv for at least another 24 hours because of ongoing safety concerns. […] The European Aviation Safety Agency on Tuesday strongly recommended that airlines not fly to Tel Aviv after a Hamas rocket exploded near the Ben Gurion airport. …
  • Defying allies, France to deliver first warship to Russia

    07/22/2014 7:22:54 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | 22 Jul 2014 | Yann Le Guernigou and Guillaume Frouin
    * Hollande confirms first warship delivery, questions second * Both domestic backers and opposition applaud move * But Russian sailors get lukewarm welcome in port town PARIS/ST NAZAIRE, July 22 (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande won broad domestic applause on Tuesday for defying allies Britain and the United States by confirming plans to deliver a helicopter carrier to Russia, with one backer dismissing their objections as hypocritical. Speaking on the eve of an EU meeting to discuss sanctions on Moscow over the downing of a civilian airliner over Ukraine, Hollande said late on Monday that a first Mistral warship would...
  • Growing opposition to Israel in Germany

    07/22/2014 4:50:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 22.07.2014 | Jeanette Seiffert
    “Berlin police cower before Jew-haters,” proclaimed a headline in the Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel—and this line has been posted numerous times on social networking sites. It was reported that a group of Arabs shouted “Jew, Jew, cowardly pig, come out and fight alone” at a recent demonstration and police officers did not interfere.In many European cities, what began as peaceful protests turned into outpourings of anti-Jewish sentiments and violence against counter-demonstrators. […] The Gaza conflict has stirred up public opinion in Europe, and it has brought Israel-hatred to Germany along with it, according to political scientist Stephan Grigat. […] Grigat has...
  • Low Irish taxes boost Airbnb profits (but EUSSR wants Ireland to raise them)

    07/22/2014 2:19:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 22/07/2014 - 15:55 | Cécile Barbière
    The peer-to-peer property renting website, artAirbnb, makes it possible for people in crisis-stricken states to earn extra money, but the company itself has placed its headquarters in places like Ireland, Jersey and Delaware to avoid paying tax. EurActiv France reports. […] In late March 2014, the website announced that one million French holidaymakers used Airbnb since it launched in 2008, the same number as in the UK. In Spain, one million tourists used the website to rent property. The French Ministry of Finances has condemned this kind of revenue. “France has nothing to gain from developing this kind of renting…...
  • EU defends Israel’s Gaza incursion (but…)

    07/22/2014 2:11:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 22.07.14 @ 20:14 | Andrew Rettman
    EU countries have defended Israel’s use of force in Gaza, but blamed it for harming peace prospects in the longer term. Foreign ministers in a joint statement on Tuesday (22 July) said they are “appalled by the human cost” of some parts of “the Israeli military operation”, which has killed hundreds of Palestinian civilians. But they “recognized Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself”, while blaming Hamas, the militant group which rules Gaza, for “indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel”, in what they described as “criminal and unjustifiable acts”. They also gave credence to Israeli claims that Hamas is urging civilians...
  • French ease ban on pro-Gaza demonstrations in Paris

    07/22/2014 7:19:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 22.07.14 @ 09:28 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    The French authorities have reportedly authorized a demonstration in support for Gaza on Wednesday (23 July) after two government-banned protests over the weekend turned violent. Wednesday’s gathering is to be allowed because the pro-Palestinian organizers are considered “serious and responsible” by the authorities, reports French daily Le Parisien.The Paris-based International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) as well as a handful of left wing groups is behind the demonstration, set to kick off in the early evening from the city’s center. The move comes on the heels of a controversial French government ban on demonstrations in the capital after several protesters...
  • Violent Protests Against Israel in London, Paris, Chile, Belgium

    07/19/2014 8:49:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    INN ^ | 7/19/2014, 10:22 PM | AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff
    Parts of central London were brought to a standstill on Saturday as thousands of pro-Palestinians marched in protest against Israel’s offensive in Gaza, while in Paris a banned demonstration descended into violence. Organizers of the London rally claimed that “tens of thousands” of people joined the march from Prime Minister David Cameron’s office to the Israeli embassy, many of them chanting “Israel is a terror state”. Police refused to give an estimate for the number present but several roads through the centre of the capital were closed during the three-mile (4.8-kilometer) march, which passed off peacefully. …
  • Ukraine tragedy hits Mogherini's EU hopes

    07/19/2014 7:02:54 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    thelocal.it ^ | July 18, 2014 | Angela Giuffrida
    As world leaders demand answers on the alleged shooting down of a jet plane over eastern Ukraine, commentators examine how the tragedy could affect foreign minister Federica Mogherini’s already fragile path to becoming EU foreign policy chief. The disaster, which left 298 people dead, is going to “put a huge amount of pressure, not only on Russia, but on people who have been soft on Russia,” Edward Lucas, a British journalist and author, told The Local. He was referring to Federica Mogherini, whose chances of getting the EU foreign policy job already took a battering this week when she was...
  • Birthday tributes display Merkel’s power

    07/19/2014 8:24:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 18.07.14 @ 09:51 | Valentina Pop
    The celebration began on Wednesday evening during an EU summit: a box of Belgian pralines (that she won’t touch given her diet); a bunch of flowers; champagne; and a German football shirt signed by all EU leaders. German Chancellor Angela Merkel turned 60 on Thursday (17 July), but kept her cool, no-frills attitude towards the wave of tributes. […] With unmatched popularity rates and the status of the longest-serving and most powerful of EU leaders, Merkel has achieved remarkable success after starting out as a scientist in the then East Germany. A Forsa poll on Wednesday showed that after more...
  • Obama hits reset button on wobbly public response to Malaysia Airlines shootdown

    07/19/2014 8:11:12 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 19 Jul 2014 | Olivier Knox
    President Obama on Friday called the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 an “outrage of unspeakable proportions,” declared it a “wake-up call” for timid European leaders, and all but laid blame for the tragedy directly at the doorstep of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Obama’s blunt language, delivered in the White House briefing room from behind a lectern with the presidential seal, offered a stark contrast to his muddled public handling of the disaster a day earlier. As the news broke on Thursday, the White House signaled that the president had first learned about the world-shaking events from Putin at the...
  • US Ambassador: Beyond growth, TTIP must happen for geostrategic reasons

    07/17/2014 12:31:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 17/07/2014 - 12:14 | (Daniela Vincenti)
    The United States and Europe must work constructively to finalise the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership not only to boost jobs and growth. “There are critical geostrategic reasons to get this deal done, and every day I am reminded of the global context of why we are negotiating TTIP,” said US Ambassador to the EU, Anthony Gardner in an exclusive interview with EurActiv. Anthony L. Gardner was sworn in as the US Ambassador to the European Union on February 18, 2014. Prior to assuming his current position, for six years, Ambassador Gardner was Managing Director at Palamon Capital Partners, a...
  • Berlin optimistic following Juncker victory (European Union)

    07/17/2014 12:18:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 17/07/2014 - 09:04 | Dario Sarmadi
    After Jean-Claude Juncker’s election to the Commission Presidency in Strasbourg on Tuesday (15 July), excitement in Germany was felt across party lines. “(It’s) A good sign for Europe’s capacity to act,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel commented. “He will receive our total support,” said the country’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. For the first time, European citizens have had direct influence on the appointment of the EU top job—and they successfully asserted their choice, Steinmeier said optimistically. Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament, spoke of a “historic day for European Democracy”. …
  • Obesity could qualify as disability, says EU court

    07/17/2014 12:10:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 17.07.14 @ 13:15 | Honor Mahony
    Obesity may be considered a disability if it affects how a person does their job and so could fall under EU rules banning discrimination in the workplace, the EU’s top court said Thursday (17 July) in an opinion set to be closely studied by employers. "Morbid obesity may come within the meaning of ‘disability’ if it is of such a degree as to hinder full participation in professional life on an equal footing with other employees,” said advocate general Niilo Jaaskinen. The case arrived at the European Court of Justice after Karsten Kaltoft, a child-minder Denmark, claimed he unfairly lost...
  • EU budget running low on funds, commission warns again

    07/17/2014 12:07:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 17.07.14 @ 20:36 | Benjamin Fox
    The European Commission has warned that it is running out of money again, in the latest standoff between the EU institutions over its unpaid bills. The EU executive says that the bloc’s budget faces payment gaps worth €4.7 billion covering research and employment programs, cohesion policy, and costs arising from the refugee crisis in Ukraine and Syria. An autumn cash flow crisis for the commission has become a perennial fixture in the EU calendar.After repeatedly warnings from the EU executive that flagship programs such as the Erasmus student exchange scheme and the European Social Fund were within weeks of running...
  • EU Urges Israel to ‘Act Proportionately’ in Gaza

    07/16/2014 9:11:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    INN ^ | 7/17/2014, 5:15 AM | (AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff
    European Union (EU) leaders on Wednesday condemned the firing of rockets into Israel while urging the Israel to “act proportionately” and Hamas to agree to a ceasefire, AFP reports. Voicing “great concern” over continued violence in Israel and Gaza, EU leaders said the bloc “condemns the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel and the indiscriminate targeting of civilians.” “Israel has the right to protect its population (but) in doing so it must act proportionately and ensure the protection of civilians at all times,” a European Union statement added. …
  • Swedish neo-Nazis in Ukraine "for nationalist revolution"! 80 000 krones per head Swedish neo-Nazi

    07/16/2014 8:12:07 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 7 replies
    Back in March, Radio Sweden reported on the Swedish right-wing extremists, who went to Ukraine in order to support the cause of "nationalist", in their opinion, the revolution. Now, for the head of one of them, the separatists announced a cash award of 80,000 Ukrainian hryvnia (about 5000 euros). Italian war correspondent Fausto Biloslavo / Fausto Biloslavo able to meet with several Swedes fighting in Ukraine against the pro-Russian separatists. German edition of the Swedish Radio, he said that he met with Swedish neo-Nazis during his time with the battalion "Azov" in eastern Ukraine. According to him, the Swedes, whom...
  • European court strikes down transgender marriage case

    07/16/2014 5:52:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 16.07.14 @ 20:47 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    A Finnish citizen who wanted the state to recognize her new gender after surgery and remain legally married to woman at the same time lost her case at the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday (16 July). Heil Hamalainen underwent male-to-female gender reassignment surgery in 2009, years after she married her partner. But Finnish law does not recognize same-sex marriages. State authorities said that for Hamalainen to have her new gender recognized, she would need to turn the marriage into a civil partnership or get a divorce—something the couple refused. …
  • Paris: Police Ban Pro-Palestinian Protest Due to Anti-Semitism

    07/16/2014 2:44:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 7/16/2014, 8:36 PM | Arutz Sheva Staff
    Paris police have banned pro-Palestinian activists from demonstrating this Saturday night, an official told AFP Wednesday, after violent protesters blockaded French Jews in a local synagogue and attacked them earlier this week. Saturday night’s protest was planned for the Barbas–Rochechouart metro station near the northern Gare du Nord train station, the official said. However, Paris police oppose the demonstration, citing “serious risks to public order” in “a context of elevated tension,” according to news broadcaster RTL. Protesters have already taken to Twitter, they said, with the intent to “smash the Jews” in Saturday’s protest. “We’ll smash the Jews Saturday,” wrote...
  • NATO puts brakes on enlargement

    07/16/2014 2:34:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 16.07.14 @ 08:32 | Matthew Turner
    NATO announced earlier this July that it is shelving plans to welcome any new members during its forthcoming Wales summit. The hopes of four countries—Bosnia, Macedonia, Georgia and Montenegro, which were expecting to deepen their cooperation with NATO—are now all but dashed, as senior NATO officials have hit the pause button on future enlargement. Just like the European Union, it seems that NATO is also suffering from enlargement fatigue. Unlike the Union though, NATO is shying away from even awarding the equivalent of the EU’s association agreement, namely the Membership Action Plan (MAP), to Georgia, over fears of provoking Moscow’s...
  • Obama administration fights to seize Microsoft emails held in IRELAND in landmark legal battle

    07/15/2014 11:25:08 AM PDT · by lilyramone · 22 replies
    Dailymail ^ | July 15, 2014 | Daily mail reporter
    Obama administration fights to seize Microsoft emails held in IRELAND in landmark legal battle The U.S. Justice Department is claiming that Microsoft must hand over emails that the company stores in databases in Dublin, Ireland, in a case that is being watched closely by tech companies legal scholars. The U.S. federal government is claiming that it can force any company that conducts business operations within its borders to comply with warrants for data stored on its databases, even if those databases aren't physically located within the United States. Several companies that operate within the U.S. keep databases in other countries....
  • Juncker elected: promises more social EU, more political commission

    07/15/2014 11:15:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 15.07.14 @ 13:50 | Honor Mahony
    Jean-Claude Juncker was elected European Commission President on Tuesday (15 July) after promising a more social Europe and paying tribute to the major integrationist politicians of the previous generation. The former Luxembourg PM, who has been on and around the EU stage for the last two decades, received 422 votes, easily surpassing the minimum 376 needed. Of the 729 MEPs that took part, 250 voted against him, 47 abstained and 10 votes were void. In a 50-minute speech before the ballot, the center-right politician said he wanted the European Commission to be “very political” and indicated he will try and...
  • Ukrainians Protest Against Europe, Saying It Abandoned Maidan For Russia

    07/13/2014 10:25:27 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 2 replies
    IBT ^ | Kristina Jovanovski | July 10 2014 11:29 AM
    KIEV, Ukraine -- Five months ago, Kirill Marlinski was on the streets of Kiev, demanding closer ties to the European Union. Now, he's demonstrating in the streets again, but this time against European countries. Like many other activists in the Euromaidan revolution that ousted president Viktor Yanukovych, he blames Europeans for turning their backs on Ukraine by continuing their deals with the country’s new nemesis, Russia. “We all went out on Maidan … [with a] simple slogan -- that Ukraine is Europe and Europe is Ukraine,” he said.“We went out to fight … and we just got spit in our...
  • Berlin protest against Israel’s Gaza op turns violent

    07/13/2014 12:23:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency ^ | July 13, 2014 7:13am
    Rocks were thrown at police in Berlin during a protest by some 1,000 demonstrators—most of them Palestinians—against Israel’s military campaign in Gaza. As many as 10 demonstrators were arrested for breach of the peace and trying to forcibly free others already arrested in Saturday’s protest, a police spokesman said. One police officer was struck by a rock but was not injured. The march was unregistered; demonstrations in Berlin require a police permit. …
  • U.S. intervenes in Europe’s circumcision wars

    07/13/2014 12:14:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency ^ | July 8, 2014 2:18pm | Ron Kampeas
    The Obama administration’s anti-Semitism monitor has added an issue to his office’s portfolio: defending circumcision in Europe. Circumcision has become a top focus for Ira Forman, the State Department’s special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism. He has been using the pulpit his office provides to warn European governments that moves to ban ritual circumcision could lead to the demise of their countries’ Jewish communities. “Because circumcision is essentially universal among Jews, this can shut down a community, especially a small vulnerable community,” Forman said. No European country has outright banned the practice, but there is increasing pressure to do...
  • Muslim Rioters Attack Synagogue in Paris

    07/13/2014 12:00:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    INN ^ | 7/13/2014, 9:45 PM | AFP, Gil Ronen
    Muslim rioters reportedly surrounded Don Yitzchak Abarbanel Synagogue in the 11th arrondissement of Paris on Sunday, and threw rocks into the house of worship. Large scale police forces were called to extricate the Jews. Clashes erupted in Paris on Sunday as thousands of people protested against Israel and in support of terrorist groups in Gaza, where a six-day counterterror operation by Israel has left 166 dead. Several thousand demonstrators walked calmly through the streets of Paris behind a large banner that read “Total Support for the Struggle of the Palestinian People”. …
  • (Tony) Blair faces being called to Parliament over ‘comfort letters’ to on-the-run IRA suspects

    07/13/2014 11:47:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 07:11 EST, 13 July 2014 | Matt Chorley
    Tony Blair faces being called to Parliament over a secret deal with Sinn Féin, which allowed suspected IRA bombers to avoid prosecution. The former Prime Minister is set to be summoned by the Northern Ireland select committee to explain the controversial “comfort letters” sent to on-the-run suspects telling them they were not being sought by the police. MPs are warning that if he fails to appear, there will be “bad publicity”. The policy led to the collapse of the trial of suspected Hyde Park bomber John Downing in March. The peace process plan agreed between Sinn Féin and Mr Blair’s...
  • France hits out at dollar dominance in international transactions

    07/12/2014 7:11:53 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 13 replies
    CNBC ^ | Sunday, 6 Jul 2014 | 7:28 PM ET | Michael Stothard
    France's political and business establishment has hit out against the hegemony of the dollar in international transactions after U.S. authorities fined BNP Paribas $9 billion for helping countries avoid sanctions. Michel Sapin, the French finance minister, called for a "rebalancing" of the currencies used for global payments, saying the BNP Paribas case should "make us realize the necessity of using a variety of currencies". He said, in an interview with the Financial Times on the sidelines of a weekend economics conference: "We [Europeans] are selling to ourselves in dollars, for instance when we sell planes. Is that necessary? I don't...
  • Rogers: Germany throwing ‘political temper tantrum’

    07/12/2014 1:22:29 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 29 replies
    thehill.com ^ | July 12, 2014 | Justin Sink
    “political temper tantrum” after ordering the CIA station chief to leave the country over allegations the U.S. had recruited two government officials to spy. “It just doesn't seem like a very adult reaction to expel the CIA chief from Germany,” Rogers said in an interview with CNN. “And it's concerning and it's a political temper tantrum like I've never seen before that I think is not productive, it is jeopardizing both intelligence cooperation and relationships with beyond the intelligence relationship between America and Germany.” Rogers said the expulsion, announced earlier this week, was “a huge deal,” and said he was...
  • German government spokesman: Merkel and Putin may meet on sidelines of World Cup Final

    07/11/2014 7:02:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:59am EDT | Alexandra Hudson and Annika Breidthardt
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel may hold brief talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin when both attend the soccer World Cup final in Brazil on Sunday, Merkel’s spokesman said on Friday. […] Merkel is traveling to Rio de Janeiro to see Germany play Argentina in the final, and Putin is attending because Russia will host the next World Cup in 2018. …
  • Germany’s Choice: Will It Be America or Russia?

    07/11/2014 6:04:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | July 10, 2014 – 05:48 PM | Markus Feldenkirchen, Christiane Hoffmann and René Pfister
    For decades, Germany’s position in the West remained unquestioned. Following the NSA spying and other political scandals, many Germans want greater independence from the US. But does that mean getting closer to Moscow? […] On the one hand, Germans are disappointed by the Americans and their unceasing surveillance activities. At the same time, they have demonstrated a surprising level of sympathy for the Russians and their president, Vladimir Putin, in the Ukraine crisis. This raises the fundamental question of Germany’s national identity. In the long run, Germans will have to decide which side they prefer. …
  • NATO’s Rasmussen: ‘Active Role’ for Germany ‘Decisive for Europe’s Future’

    07/11/2014 5:29:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Der Spiegel ^ | July 11, 2014 – 04:55 PM | Christiane Hoffmann and Christoph Schult
    In an interview, outgoing NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen discusses Germany’s postwar tradition of pacifism and his belief the country is now ready, and indeed has the responsibility, to take on a greater role in global affairs. […] “Germany is a normal country today, with the kinds of rights and duties other countries have. That’s why Germany should play an important role in foreign and security policy, be it in the EU, NATO or in international politics.” …